David Moorer West is a professional basketball player from the United States of America who plays as a power forward. West moved around a bit during his days as a high school student, first playing for the Garner Magnet High School before moving to the Hargrave Military Academy. At Hargrave, West was named to the All-State First Team in North Carolina.
West went on to attend Xavier University where he started for the Musketeers in all four seasons. He became the first player from Xavier to have his jersey retired while still playing as a part of the team. The Musketeers reached a top-10 rank in the country as well as the number 3 seed in the NCAA tournament under West’s senior year leadership. West was named as an All-American First Team player by the Associated Press and was named as the National Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association, all in 2003.
His senior year averages of 20.1 points per game with an 11.8 rebounds per game average took the college to a second successive 26-6 record for the season. In four seasons, Xavier had 94 wins with West leading the way. He ended up as the all-time shot block leader, with 228 blocks; the all-time second highest scorer, with 2,132 points, and the all-time second highest rebounder, with 1,308 rebounds. He was also named as the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the year in his sophomore, junior and senior years in college. West also won the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award; an award given to the nation’s top senior men’s basketball player.
West was also named to the Sports Illustrated’s NCAA All-Decade Team from 2000-10.
At the 2003 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets picked West at 18th overall, in the first round. West spent his first season on the bench while his second season was marred by injury. He played just 30 games in 2004-05, averaging less than 19 minutes a game.